Academy Robert Bosch Fellow, Europe Programme
Deus M. Kibamba

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Deus’ research at Chatham House examines CEE-Africa relations in the context of how developments in e-governance influences some CEE transitions and what lessons can be drawn in support of institutional strengthening and improving outcomes for citizens in Africa.

He previously served as executive director of a small dynamic information research organization – the Tanzania Citizens’ Information Bureau.

With the start of the country’s constitutional reform process in 2011, Deus became chairman of the Civil Society Constitutional Forum, a membership platform of 200 organizations to advance citizens’ constitutional literacy throughout the review process.

He has 20 years of experience in action-oriented research, advocacy and dissemination having worked with the Land Rights Research and Resources Institute (LARRI/HAKIARDHI), the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), and the Economic and Social Research Foundation. 

He was also the Africa coordinator for a continental strengthening citizens’ voice programme, a collaborative initiative of CIVICUS: World Assembly for Citizens’ Participation and the Overseas Development Institute.

Deus is a frequent commentator on topical issues in the Tanzanian and international media, and he has also authored and co-authored journal articles and training manuals.

He holds a BA in political science, international relations from the University of Dar es Salaam, an MA in international studies from Sheffield University, a PGD in governance, democratization and public policy from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and a PGCert in constitution building in Africa from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Areas of expertise

  • Democratization and transition experiences in Africa and Visegrad  Europe
  • Constitutionalism and constitution building in Africa
  • Elections, referenda and consensus-building processes
  • Gender, human rights and conflict resolution
  • Regional integration

Past experience

2014 - presentAssistant lecturer, Tanzania-Mozambique Centre for Foreign Relations
2011-17Chairman, Tanzania Constitution Forum
2010-17Executive director, Tanzania Citizens’ Information Bureau
2015-16Visiting lecturer, National Defense College
2011-17Election observer and Head of Mission to various sub-Saharan countries, Tanzania Constitution Forum
2008-10Africa participatory governance coordinator, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation/ODI
2007-08Assistant research fellow, Economic and Social Research Foundation